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Jazz Camp


Register for Jazz Camp

July 6-10, 2020

2016 Jazz CampWebster University, well-known for its innovative jazz studies program and the "Jazz at Webster" concert series, is, for the first time, hosting its annual summer jazz camp entirely online.

This "virtual" camp will be taught by outstanding instructors from the Webster University jazz faculty and special guests, and will offer its core curriculum of improvisation, master classes, and workshops. Given the limitations of online platforms to support live, coordinated performances of student and faculty ensembles, jazz combo classes will not be offered. In its place, there will be daily instrument-specific "Jazz Ensemble Techniques" classes with camp faculty in which students can explore key jazz repertoire for both combos and big bands. Also, for the first time, there are private half-hour lessons available with camp faculty each afternoon.

The camp is for beginning, intermediate and advanced level jazz improvisers and instrumentalists. Music reading skills are necessary for participation in classes and ensembles.

Applicants who will be high school freshmen in the fall of 2020 must submit a letter of recommendation from their primary music instructor in order to be admitted. Younger students must wait until they are entering the freshman year of high school to attend the camp. Please send recommendation letters to:

Paul DeMarinis
Director of Jazz Studies
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119

All attendees must have audio and visual online capabilities (including earbuds or headphones). All attendees will provide their own musical instruments which must be in the proximity of their home computer or phone camera so that instructors can clearly see them perform.

Since this this summer's camp is entirely online, there will be no final Friday night gala concert.

Fees and Deposits: The enrollment fee for the camp is $100. To ensure enrollment, a nonrefundable deposit of $25 must be made by Friday, July 3.

The balance of the fee ($75) is to be paid on Monday, July 6.

Half-hour lessons with jazz camp faculty are available as an option from 1:00-1:30 every day of the camp. Private lesson fees are available for an additional cost of $25 per lesson.

The St. Louis Jazz Club provides educational material to each attendee and a limited number of scholarships to the Webster Summer Jazz Camp.

The Webster University Jazz Studies Program also provides a limited number of reduced tuition scholarships. Primary music instructors of students who may need financial assistance to attend this year's camp should contact Paul DeMarinis at 314-968-7039.

Daily Schedule

9:00-9:30 a.m. Jazz Master Class

9:45-10:15 a.m. Jazz Improvisation (3 levels)

10:30-11:00 a.m. Jazz Ensemble Techniques

11:15-11:45 a.m. Workshops (Multiple Topics)

12:00-1:00 p.m. Break

1:00-1.30 p.m. Private Lessons (Optional)



Paul DeMarinis
Jazz Camp Director
Saxophone, Improvisation

Debby Lennon
Vocal Instruction

Matt Pickart

Kim Portnoy
Piano, Improvisation,

Carolbeth True

Carol Schmidt

Dave Black

Tom Byrne

Ric Vice

Willem Von Hombracht

Ben Wheeler

Randall Holmes

Dan Smith

Mike Karpowicz

Harvey Lockhart

James Martin

Wayne Coniglio

Kevin Gianino

Nick Savage